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The first “World Health Qigong Day” was held on August 13, with events taking place in 40 countries across the world.
The United Nations Headquarters Square, New York, saw a spectacular “East and West” culture show to mark the start of the day, bringing together the Chinese and American people.
Beijing and New York were the main venues, with other events taking place in 40 countries and regions where member organizations of the International Health Qigong Federation (IHQF) are located. The slogan for this event was “Let me teach you health qigong”.
Qigong practitioners at the square performed traditional Chinese health Qigong routines Wuqinxi (Five Animal Play) and Baduanjin (Eight Pieces of Brocade). The “Five Animal Play” is regarded as the earliest form of medical qigong, dating back to the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220). Eight Pieces of Brocade is a common form of qigong used for exercise, with records dating back to the Song Dynasty (AD 960–1279).
Health qigong is officially recognized by the Chinese government as a traditional folk sport. It is administered by the IHQF, a non-profit international organization headquartered in Beijing with a goal of “promoting and improving the physical and mental health of the people of the world.”
According to Chang Jianping, President of Chinese Health Qigong Association, the aim of the event was to improve understanding of health qigong around the world and create a positive atmosphere for its long-term development.
The theory behind health qigong is the unifying of body movements, rhythms of breathing, and Chinese medical principles to exercise and regulate one’s body, breath, and mind. However, the practitioners of traditional qigong also advice caution about the practices of some cult groups such as Falun Gong, a movement with similar exercises at its heart but a much criticized cult of personality surrounding it’s leader and dubious health claims that may lead practitioners to refuse standard medical treatment for serious diseases.
The IHQF has designated the second Sunday of each August as “World Health Qigong Day”
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